Archive | August 2012

Peach Tea

I was really excited to try this tea as my first experience with sweet tea was wonderful. It’s very simple, all you need is …

3 family size tea bags

1 1/2 cups sugar

and 2 pealed, depited, and chopped peaches.

First take three cups water and bring it to a boil. Put in the tea bags and steep for 15 minutes. I added the sugar at this time also so it could dissolve in the hot water.

In the mean time, peel and depit your peaches. Put the peaches and 1 cup of water into a food processor or some kind of blender and pulverize them until smooth. I do not have a good processor of any kind so my peaches stayed chunky. As you can tell in the picture.

Mix everything together and add enough water to equal one gallon. Chill and enjoy!

Results: Not bad. It would be fabulous tea without the chunks. Dean loved the tea so it won’t go to waste! Yay! I can’t wait to get a good food processor and try it again. Oh, and if you are not offically following my blog, you should…just sayin. 😀

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Kids Say The Funniest Things

Over the years I’ve heard my kids say some pretty funny things. At first I didn’t write them down, thinking I’d remember them. lol yeah right. Once I wised up and realized I’m never going to  remember those cute and funny things they were saying I starting writing them down. Here are the ones we have right now. Enjoy!

“I want to be an astronaut because there are no such things as space monsters. But I do have to watch out so I don’t get hit by a meteor. Or a boomerang.” – Emry

“I want to be a woman, then I can have candy whenever I want.” – Emry

When chomping on the lead of a pencil, “It’s just like boogers; it has no flavor.” – Emry

Quoted from Emry, 8/31/10

“They’re called hurricanes because they hurry to get away, and canes are their weakness!”

“I can count up to one, BUT I’M STILL A GENIOUS!”

(said in an eerie voice) “Beware the voice in the pie…”

Hey, you took my beautiful shooter gun! – Wyatt quote 8/31/10

“spider man, Spiderman, does whatever a spider does, can he swing, no he can’t he’s a spider woman”- Kurtis 9/10/10

“I know science. hmmmm. 1+2.” – Emry 9/10/10

“2+1=3. 2+1=2. 3+1. It’s mysterious. It’s a mystery. Dun dun dun dun.” – Emry 9/10/10

“Stop picking.” “I’m not picking I’m scratching.”  “What are you picking?”  “My brian, it’s huge!” -Emry 9/15/2010

“Why did the cow horse cross the road?” “Why?” “It didn’t, it was dead!” -Kurtis 4/4/1011

“Come on vamonos, everybody let’s go, I know we can never ever do it.”-Wyatt age 4

“Hey! Shamus didn’t even die when he bonked!” Tirzah age 3.(He had fallen over and hit his head on the floor.)

After I’m done sleeping and being boring….Emry

There are so many more that we have missed but I’m always keeping an ear out for them. What are some funny things you’ve heard your kids say?

Zucchini?!

I have never had zucchini before. EVER! My wonderful cousin brought over two very large zucchini and told me she had a lot more. lol What the heck am I suppose to do with it?! I mean really? I’d never even seen a zucchini before. Ok, don’t laugh, but I hadn’t. the only thing I’ve known about the stuff is it grows like crazy and that for a short season, everyone is talk about and making everything zucchini.

The two I first got were literally two and three times  bigger than the one here in the picture!

So, with zucchini in hand, I look up recipes. Here are the recipes we’ve tried and loved so far…

http://southernfood.about.com/od/zucchinibread/r/bl00819g.htm This is seriously the BEST bread I’ve ever had!! You HAVE to try this one!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-cookies-vi/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=chocolate%20chip%20cookies%20vi&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page  These are now a family favorite. Oh, I also added more chocolate chips then it calls for. Just so you know.  🙂

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-zucchini-cookies/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=chocolate%20zucchini%20cookies&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe These cookies were also very good. I know I’ll make these again too. I thought I had a picture but I don’t. 🙂

I still have some zucchini so I’ll be making and posting more recipes in the near future.

Pistachio Cake

I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest lately. I’ve found so many yummy recipes I want to try it’s making my head spin! I found this cake recipe and it looked good so I’m giving it a go. I’ve never made pistachio cake before but really like pistachios, so as a cake it should be pretty awesome. Here is the link for the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pistachio-cake-iii/

My thoughts: Very good! it was a nice change from the heavier chocolate cakes I normally make. It’s similar to Angle Food Cake. I would defiantly make it again.

White Chicken Enchiladas

I’m always looking for new meal ideas. When I came across this one I new I was going to love it, even without trying it! Boy was I right. This goes to the top of the supper menu for a while.

What you need:

10 soft shells (we used whole wheat)

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese (we used Colby Jack because it’s what we had in the house)

3 TBSP butter

3 TBSP flour

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup sour cream

1 (4oz) can diced green chilies

Make it:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan

2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Role up in tortillas and place in pan. (I waited to put them in the pan until the sauce was don,e and put a very thin layer on sauce in the pan. Keeps tortillas from sticking and burning their bottoms.)

3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour. It will clump up right away so be ready with the 2 cups of broth and slowly whist in the broth until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

4. Take of burner and chilies and sour cream. Do this slowly so the sour cream doesn’t curdle.

5. Add just a small amount of sauce to the bottom of the pan then place wrapped tortillas in pan. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

6. Bake 22 minutes and then broil for 3 minutes to brown the cheese.

Please note that if I share your recipe without giving do credit, I apologize. I often can’t remember where I get my recipes from as I go through so many and have been collecting for many years. I will always credit you if I can. If you ever come across one of your recipes let me know and I’ll make sure to link to your site.

Our 2013 Curriculum

This school year will be beginning in January. With baby due mid December we are planning to jump into the new school year with the new year. We have been working through the summer and will continue until December and then take December off. Some subjects we’ll be able to jump into right away but there are a few things I won’t be able to get until tax time.

The curriculums we’ll be getting late are Sonlight for the younger ones and a bible course through Apologia-Who is God-that the oldest two will start.

What we will be doing for the year is math, science, history, a logic book I found in a pile of stuff (or what my kids call, “the fun book.”) and The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading.

Here is what each one of my kiddos will be doing throughout the year.

Mara: Bible-Apologia, Who is God, Vol 1

Math-Math-U-See

Science-Apologia, Zoology 3

History-Story of the World, Vol 1

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading-level 2

Reading Comprehension and Fluency (Still not sure if we’re going to do this yet.)

Logic-Critical thinking Book 2

Adrian: Bible-Apologia, Who is God, Vol 1

Math-Math-U-See

Science-Apologia, Zoology 3

History-Story of the World, Vol 1

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading-level 2

Reading Comprehension and Fluency (Still not sure if we’re going to do this yet.)

Logic-Critical thinking Book 2

Handwriting-Happy Scribes copybooks

Garrett: Math-Math-U-See

Science-Apologia, Zoology 3

History-Story of the World, Vol 1

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading-level 1

Logic-Critical thinking Book 2

Handwriting-Happy Scribes copybooks

Emry: Math-Math-U-See

Science-Apologia, Zoology 3

History-Story of the World, Vol 1

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading-level 1

Logic-Critical thinking Book 2

Handwriting-Happy Scribes copybooks

Kurtis: Math-Math-U-See

Sonlight-which will cover Language Arts, Bible, world cultures, read-alouds, readiness skills, and science.

Handwriting-Happy Scribes copybooks

Wyatt: Math-Math-U-See

Sonlight

Tirzah: Sonlight

Well, I think I covered everything. What a list! Why am I doing this again? haha

Peanut Butter Reese’s Brownies

Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter. For real! I’d do just about anything for them. I found this on Pinterest and almost crawled out of my skin when I saw it. Heaven in a pan is what I saw. Three layers, totally simple.

What you need:

1 package peanut butter cookie mix

8 packages Reese’s peanut butter cups (yes, I said 8)

1 package brownie mix

This was all that was shown on Pinterest, and only in picture form. I had to guess on the temp to bake it at and for how long.

What I did:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Make cookies according to package, press into a 9×13 greased pan.

3. put layer of Reese’s down.

4. make brownies according to package and carefully pour over Reese’s and cookie mix.

5. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes or until middle is set. I had to eyeball it and prayed the edges didn’t burn.

Results: Not bad. The edges turned out fine but I was a little disappointed in them. I’m not sure what made them not as delicious as the picture did, but they just didn’t rock my world like I thought they were going to. Plus they are pretty pricey. I don’t think I’ll make them again unless requested by one of the kids for a special event.